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Escaping the Vicious Life

Introduction I don’t know if the young people these days use “vicious” as a word that sounds bad but means good (like “wicked,” “sick,” or, well, “bad” itself), but if they do, that’s not how I mean it here. I also do not mean the modern definition of being “deliberately cruel or violent.” Rather, I am…

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The Church, the Bible, and Polygamy

Mohler on Polygamy Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, recently wrote a piece titled “moral mayhem multiplied” concerning Utah’s recent overturning of its anti-polygamy law. Judge Waddoups ruled that polygamy, rightly understood, was just “religious cohabitation,” and in the proceedings it was decided that: Utah’s anti-polygamy law is unconstitutional, violating the free exercise…

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Why I am a Thomist

Without wanting to sound like a gushy fanboy, let me just say (conservatively) that Thomas Aquinas was the smartest (mere) human being ever, and no one’s thinking has mattered much since him. During his life on earth, Aquinas wrote on practically everything of theological/ethical importance, and was right about practically everything he wrote (and even if he…

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Pro-Life or Just Anti-Death?

Contraception / Abortion Discussion A comment was put up for discussion on the Stand To Reason (STR) blog describing an ex-Students for Life president’s new-found conviction that contraception was the solution to abortion: Why did I stop identifying as pro-life? Quite simply, I learned that increasing contraceptive use, not banning abortion, was the key to decreasing the number of abortions.…

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Christian Urban Legends: The Spanish Inquisition

“No one expects the Spanish Inquisition (to be what it really was)!” Introduction The Church is often the victim of “Christian Urban Legends” similar to the popular myths surrounding the Titanic or Aspartame. Whether it is the Crusades, The Spanish Inquisition, chained church Bibles, or Galileo, people are being led to believe falsehood and making bad decisions…

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The Boy Scout Issue: Being Openly Gay and Morally Straight?

The Boy Scouts of America recently reversed their policy on allowing openly gay boys into the organization. As usual, liberals are confused as to why this is an issue (as usual citing equality, bigotry, or special pleading). On this issue, however, even those who agree that homosexual behavior is immoral have questioned its relevancy or appropriateness. Why,…

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Making a Solid Counter Argument

(Just kidding  -we aren’t doing this!) Arguing Against Conclusions with Similar Arguments It often occurs in debates that arguments for one thing also support something else with which the original arguer would disagree. In these cases it can be very powerful to point out such a fault. Often statements like this begin with, “Yeah but that’s like…

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Ecumenical Abortion Activism

Protesters outside the first anti-abortion organization. Introduction In case you haven’t noticed, Roman Catholics and Protestants disagree on many doctrinal matters. While these are often important, I am not considering either side’s view’s dogma here. What matters for this article is not whether these disagreements are justified, or who is on the correct side – but whether or not…